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Clive Palmer To Sue Campbell Newman Over Vote-Buying Claim

The leader of the Palmer United Party, Clive Palmer, says he will sue the Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, over comments he made that Palmer was buying votes.


It was announced yesterday that three indigenous representatives of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly – Alison Anderson, Larisa Lee and Francis Xavier Kurrupuwuy – would join Palmer’s party. The three members resigned from the Country Liberal Party government a few weeks ago and now sit as independents. Anderson is also a former member of the ALP.

Campbell Newman yesterday said Palmer was “buying” votes. He said Palmer was on a “rampage around Australia” to “buy other people and buy other people’s votes”.

At a press conference today, Palmer said Newman was like “an angry fire ant” and said he “went up and down like a yo-yo”. Palmer said Newman should seek medical help.

Palmer also said the federal government’s rhetoric about the “financial mess” the economy was in was a “lie”. He said Australia is one of 13 countries in the world with a triple-A credit rating.

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